So, I read online last night that today was one of the last "free" days at the zoo. What a fun thing to do I thought, I could take the older kids to the zoo today. So after dropping the youngest off at school I came home to my 16 and 18 year old and asked them if they wanted to go to the zoo. Now I don't think we've all been to the zoo together since my 21st birthday or something like that. I did go to the zoo in 2012 with my two boys, but haven't been with my daughter in a very long time.
I've been having tire problems for ages! I'm stuck driving gravel roads fairly often and put a lot of miles on my car commuting. But I noticed a knot on the tire- and I thought surely it would be okay just one day and I checked my air pressure and I carry a small air compressor with me at all times so if I ever get a low tire I can air it up (which it was worth the investment that I made in 2010 for it). So we left and went to the city and my car did have more vibration in the front. We had made it to the edge of Oklahoma City on Interstate 35 and BOOM! The tire blew out, fortunately I was aware of what it was right away and no one was tailgating me and I was able to pull off the very busy interstate. It really did scare me and I was shook up for a while afterwards. I really don't want to experience that again.
I'm so thankful for my brother today. My blowout happened about a mile from his business and he was there within five minutes and changed my tire on the interstate initially. Then took us to Norman to get a new tire for my car and back to change it out so we could continue today. I love my Brother and I couldn't think of a better person to have for a big brother than my brother, Steve.
We finally made it to our destination, at three- two hours before the zoo closed.
Snake neck turtle.
So the hole that the tree frog was in was about the same size as my lens; which made for a cool reflection.
Hungry, hungry Hippo!
It was tshirt weather. I kind of have this love/hate relationship with Oklahoma this time of year. We can have snow or ice and a few days later have 70-80 degree days. Today was a great winter day to visit the zoo.
It blows my mind to see pages like this. To know that people (Americans, etc) go to Africa and hunt these beautiful animals for sport. Speak Up For The Voiceless- What a sad world it is when people would kill a creature just to say they killed it.
I'm sure I have photos of my kids at the zoo from many years ago. I felt obligated to bribe them to pose for me.
This Sumatran Tiger is beautiful. I love seeing the big cats. I kind of hate that we enclose such exotic animals for our viewing pleasure.
The snow leopard had it's own tail.
Giraffes are incredibly sensitive souls. But we power walked for a two hour zoo visit after a very stressful morning - and - then we went to the mall (because the 16 year old needed to look for something at a particular store). Headed home for the 80 mile drive on the wobbly wheel that needs a new rim (which is ordered) and stopped for just a few photos of the night sky.